Bord na Gaidhlig has produced a new National Gaelic Language Plan. This sets out priorities for increasing the numbers speaking, learning and using the language.
The central aim of the Plan is to encourage and enable more people to use Gaelic more often and in a wider range of situations. The key messages, aims, priorities and new commitments contained in the Plan all contribute to achieving this increased use of Gaelic.
John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills said “I am very pleased to launch this new National Gaelic Language Plan which reflects Gaelic’s unique and important contribution to many areas of Scottish life. It is vital that we have clear agreed priorities and continue to work together to increase the numbers speaking, learning and using the language. I would like to commend Bòrd na Gàidhlig for the work they have done in completing this Plan and I look forward to the opportunities for innovation, co-operation and progress prioritised in the plan over the next five years.”
Amongst the priority areas for the next five years are:
Initiatives targeting the use of Gaelic by young people
Increasing the contribution Gaelic makes to the Scottish economy across different sectors
Increasing the demand and provision for Gaelic Education
Developing Gaelic medium workforce recruitment, retention, training and supply
Gaelic in the family
Gaelic Language Plans developed and implemented by public bodies; and
Promotion of the social, economic and cultural value of Gaelic
An Comann Gaidhealach’s newsletter has a summary of the dates for local Mods across Scotland. Education Scotland’s Advice on Gaelic Education refers to such opportunities for personal achievements as an important context for applying language, building confidence and developing a range of skills for learning life and work.
Education Scotland has published a paper on frequently-asked questions about the Benchmarks. It seeks to clarify key points, and to support the effective use of the Benchmarks as part of assessment and moderation.
This paper, and the Benchmarks across curricular areas, are available here:
Digital technology is integral to many areas of learning. The recently-published Digital Parenting magazine contains expert opinion and advice on how parents, teachers, carers and professionals can keep young people safer online. The magazine is available here:
We have updated the Advice on Gaelic Education to reflect some recent changes to the 1+2 policy. This change enables children to continue with L3, as they move from primary to secondary, if schools are able to demonstrate that children’s achievements are “approaching the second level”. We have included challenge questions, matched to the quality indicators, to support self-evaluation for self-improvement.
2 – 5 July 2018, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
This national leadership programme is now open for registration. It is hosted by SCILT and Education Scotland. The programme is aimed at those who have, or aspire to have, a responsibility for leading languages and developing colleagues’ capacity to deliver the 1+2 approach to languages in their context. The programme is free of charge for educators in the public sector and begins with a summer school.
The programme themes include:
1+2 languages: the national picture and the position of languages within the National Improvement Framework and the Scottish Attainment Challenge
Strategic leadership in languages: planning and evaluation
Progression in language learning
Parental and wider engagement in language learning
Raising attainment: practical ways to develop literacy skills across languages
SQA has published details of changes to the arrangements for Higher Gaelic (Learners). Units and unit assessments will be removed from session 2018-19 onwards. SQA are strengthening the course assessment to ensure that it continues to assess candidates on the full content of the course, and to maintain the current course value of 24 SCQF credit points. For more details, please visit:
Newly-appointed headteachers can now apply to join Scottish College of Educational Leadership (SCEL)’s In Headship programme. The In Headship programme encompasses the role of a headteacher as a strategic leader within, across and beyond the school community. It is designed to facilitate and support head teachers in the transition through the early stages of headship, to enable them to develop as effective strategic leaders who contribute to system leadership. This programme aims to support the first phase of headship and develop an understanding of the Standard for Headship in practice. For more information and to apply, please visit:
Over 50 schools around Scotland are enjoying inspirational author visits through the First Minister’s Reading Challenge Inspiring Classrooms fund. If successful, your school could receive a £500 grant to bring an author to your school. Please note: you must register for the Reading Challenge to be eligible to apply for this opportunity.
Win a reading tent, cushions and a bundle of books by telling us what you thought of this year’s Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag. Fill out our survey by 31 January 2018 to be in with a chance of scooping this great prize.
Our flash fiction competition challenges you and your pupils to compose a story in 50 words or less. This month, we’re looking for stories featuring an old piano. Get your entries to us by 31 January 2017 for the chance to win exciting prizes and have your story featured on our website.